Four Seasons Gardening Program Starts with Spring Series

JO DAVIESS (WIFR) -- The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled Spruce Problems (Pest and Cultural Issues). The program is offered on April 9 at 1 p.m. and will be presented via teleconference at the Extension office in Jo Daviess County – 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, IL.

Spruce generally are native to cooler regions and are adapted to cold conditions. They prefer full sun locations with acidic and well-drained soils. When exposed to unfavorable cultural or environmental conditions, spruce can become stressed and more susceptible to diseases and pests. This program will cover all the cultural, disease, insect, and spider mite problems that have been diagnosed at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic.

Other topics in the spring series include Pollinators and Insecticides, set for April 25, All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders set for May 7, and Don’t Doubt the Drought on May 23.

Cost per session is $5.00. Advance registration is required by April 8. Phone the U of I Extension office for more details, 815-858-2273, or go online at:

If you have disability needs, please indicate when registering.

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